Scan Dayton Holds Scanvenger Hunt At The Greene
By Christopher A. Johnson
If you are into winning prizes as much as you are your smart phone, then you will
enjoy what Scan Dayton has to offer. Anyone with a smart phone can play to win a multitude of prizes including gift certificates, coupons, T-shirts and even an Apple iPad.
In order to play you need to set up an account with Scan Dayton. Visit online at www.ScanDayton.com for detailed instructions. Once you’ve set up an account, register at the booth when the ScanVenger Hunt begins by scanning the first QR (quick response) code at the booth with your smart phone. From there you will receive a notification that will explain where to go next. At your next location you will scan another QR code and most likely have to perform some kind of challenge.
At the July 16 hunt held at The Greene in Beavercreek, I participated in what I would describe as a sword toss. After the challenge I went to the next location. Each subsequent location will either have a challenge or trivia question for you to answer before you can continue on the hunt. Each time you scan a bar code you are entered in a drawing to win prizes. Winners are announced via twitter on the official Scan Dayton twitter account @scandayton.
In order to play you must have a smart phone (iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, Palm or any other smart phone with a data package) with Internet capability enabled. You must also download the appropriate code scan app for your phone (a list is found at www.ScanDayton.com). While I had no trouble at all from my iPhone, Blackberry users did find errors on the occasional scan. Also, if you plan on being at the event after dark I suggest bringing a small flashlight as the scan is dependent on lighting.
“I like visiting places that I normally wouldn’t visit,” said ScanVenger participant Miranda Ackerley. “It gives me the opportunity to explore new shops that I didn’t even know existed, and I got to win a gift certificate to Bar Louis and Subway in doing so.”
“(The hunt) brought a lot of traffic to our store,” added Meryl Collien, manager of Bar Louie. “We were able to promote our specials.”
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
The ScanVenger Hunt is a product of Comtactics, a mobile technology firm based in Tech Town’s RFID Convergence Center. Owners Sean and Shawntay Fields have been in business for seven years, and said they are more excited about the ScanVenger Hunt than any of their past projects. “The ScanVenger Hunt is a great fit for Town Centers, universities and small businesses districts looking to increase traffic or even educate individuals about a specific area,” Sean stated. “We’re excited! There are two Miami Valley communities on board to roll out mobile solutions this fall, including several franchises,” Shawntay added.
In addition to a big iPad drawing hunt next month, there are also a few new twists in store for upcoming ScanVenger Hunts. Sean Fields particularly revealed that the ScanVenger Hunt Money Poster will appear in the LCD displays periodically throughout the game. Players can scan the Scanvenger Hunt Poster code on an LCD display, perform the task and win money.
PAST WINNINGS INCLUDE
Over $500 in Greene gift card/prizes from Adobe Gila’s, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Bar Louie, JennaClair, Joey Eric, MacTown (which has contributed Apple iPads),
Massage Envy, McCormick and Schmick’s and The Wine Loft to name only a few
THE NEXT SCANVENGER HUNT
Where: The Greene, 51 Plum St., Beavercreek. Check in at the booth by McCormick and Schmick’s located near the fountain.
When: Friday, August 20 at 5 p.m.
Call Comtactics at (937) 221-7621 for more information.
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